Government corruption movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant government corruption movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense, stylized and clever films and TV shows about / with government corruption, murder, corruption, politics, dishonesty, political corruption, investigation, betrayal, conspiracy and cover up plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Crime genres shot in USA, France, China and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as government corruption: Southland Tales (2006), 1992 (2015), Janet King (2014), Norte, the End of History (2013), Hate Story (2012), Leviathan (2014), Z (1969), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Enemy of the State (1998), All the President's Men (1976).

List of government corruption movies

Southland Tales (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, France
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, surreal, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: end of the world, surrealism, split personality, prophecy, apocalypse, chaos, smuggling, terrorist, future dystopia, dishonesty, postmodernism, alternate reality ...
Time: future, year 2008, 2000s, near future, year 2005
Place: california, north korea, middle east, afghanistan, southern california ...
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 7.4
 1K
1992 (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Story: Set in Rome, Milan and different Italian cities, the TV series offers a thrilling story following six people whose lives are intertwined with the rapidly changing political landscape in the early 1990s, during which Italy was gripped by the Clean ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: investigation, politics, italian history, politician, corruption, government corruption, parliament, society, state affairs, revolution, crimes, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: italy
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 7.9
 1K
Janet King (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Australia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Senior Prosecutor Janet King returns from maternity leave to confront a high-profile murder, and a conspiracy which will have shocking ramifications throughout the judicial system.
Style: captivating, serious, clever, realistic
Plot: courtroom drama, legal action, courtroom, legal investigation, political thriller, government corruption, ambition, legal, workplace, dedicated lawyer, boss and employee, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Federal Police - No One is Above the Law (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Brazil
Duration: 107 min.
Story: 2013. During Operation Bidone, the Federal Police seized a truck loaded with palm heart, which contained 697 kg of cocaine. The investigation falls on the team assembled by Ivan Romano, based in Curitiba and composed by Beatriz, Júlio and Ítalo. ...
Plot: political corruption, police, government corruption, politics, corruption, arrest, bribe, election campaign, investigation, snitch, president, money laundering ...
Place: brazil, switzerland
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Norte, the End of History (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 250 min.
Story: A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable, when ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, stylized, realistic, intellectual ...
Plot: double murder, immigrants, society, wrongful conviction, government corruption, punishment, revenge, village, social relations, village life, working class, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines
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 5.3
 3K
Hate Story (2012)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 140 min.
Story: After journalist, Kaavya Krishna exposes corporate corruption orchestrated by tycoon Siddharth Dhanrajgir, she is soon wooed by the businessman into a new job where she slowly falls in love with him culminating in a passionate night of love making. ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, sexy, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: prostitute, erotic thriller, revenge, vengeance, manipulations, government corruption, prostitution, journalism, bollywood, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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 7.6
 43K
Leviathan (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: small town, mayor, coastal town, injustice, political corruption, legal action, parents and children, legal, rivalry, life is a bitch, corruption, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: russia
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 8.2
 21K
Z (1969)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: France, Algeria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident. But given the political climate, the death of such a prominent activist raises ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: assassination, politics, military, political corruption, police, government, cia, journalism, courtroom drama, photojournalist, liberal, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: greece, europe
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: cia, political conspiracy, fighting the system, manhunt, on the run, life turned upside down, witnessing a crime, urban, office, espionage, conspiracy, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, middle east, langley virginia, manhattan new york city ...
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Enemy of the State (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Hotshot Washington lawyer, Robert Dean becomes a victim of high-tech identity theft when a hacker slips an incriminating video into his pocket. Soon, a rogue National Security agent sets out to recover the tape – and destroy Dean.
Style: tense, suspense, suspenseful, exciting, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting the system, manhunt, surveillance, witnessing a crime, uncover truth, satellite, conspiracy, corruption, politics, life is a bitch, secret hideout, blackmail ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: washington d.c., usa
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All the President's Men (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of ...
Style: talky, suspenseful, realistic, clever, captivating ...
Plot: politics, investigation, journalism, newspaper, political corruption, journalist, president, newspaper man, political conspiracy, political intrigue, white house, republican ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972
Place: usa, washington d.c., mcdonald's restaurant
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 8.8
 425K
House of Cards (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of ...
Style: serious, cynical, clever, captivating, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: manipulations, political intrigue, politics, state affairs, political corruption, blind ambition, lobbyist, intrigue, white house, postmodernism, drugs/alcohol, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, u.s. capitol building, washington d.c.
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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The Manchurian Candidate is a political thriller from American director John Frankenheimer. An American soldier is brainwashed into being a killer for the communist Russians during the Korean War.
Style: suspenseful, clever, tense, psychological, serious ...
Plot: cold war, conspiracy, brainwashing, election, uncover truth, political conspiracy, communism, senator, cards, strangulation, nervous breakdown, nightmare ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: new york, usa, north korea, china, manhattan new york city ...
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I as in Icarus (1979)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The film's plot is based on the Kennedy assassination and subsequent investigation. The film begins with the assassination of President Marc Jarry, who is about to be inaugurated for a second six-year term of office. Henri Volney, state ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, political drama
Plot: political conspiracy, assassination, conspiracy, investigation, dedicated lawyer, witnessing a crime, legal investigation, uncover truth, political corruption, fighting the system, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: yale university
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The Constant Gardener (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA, China, Kenya
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Justin Quayle is a low-level British diplomat who has always gone about his work very quietly, not causing any problems. But after his radical wife Tessa is killed he becomes determined to find out why, thrusting himself into the middle of a very ...
Style: tense, captivating, suspenseful, thought provoking, psychological ...
Plot: diplomat, corruption, aids, murder, investigation, uncover truth, death, political corruption, cover up, fighting the system, politician, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: africa, kenya, sudan, england, europe ...
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 8.0
 308
Scarlet Heart (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Scarlet Heart, also known as Bubu Jingxin, is a Chinese television series based on the novel of the same Chinese title by Tong Hua. Filming for the series started on 6 December 2010 in Shanghai and ended on 22 March 2011. It first aired in China on ...
Plot: time travel, romance, polygamy, unhappy ending, crown prince, court intrigue, manipulation, master servant relationship, protective male, bow and arrow, garden, coup ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china
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 5.4
 11K
I Am Wrath (2016)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man is out for justice after a group of corrupt police officers are unable to catch his wife's killer.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: police corruption, corrupt politician, violence, murder, revenge, filmed killing, gunshot, police funeral, shot in the shoulder, vigilantism, police detective, vigilante ...
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Nirvana in Fire (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Story: During the great unrest of 4th-century China, war breaks out between the feudal Northern Wei and Southern Liang dynasties. General Lin Xie of Liang takes his only 17-year-old son, Lin Shu, into battle and successfully fights off the hostile Wei ...
Plot: tragic hero, justice, rise to power, political conspiracy, secret service, brotherhood, government corruption, martial arts, secret agent, father son relationship, throne, interrogation ...
Place: ancient china, china
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Moving Violation (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Eddie Moore is a young drifter passing through the small town of Rockfield when suddenly he gets harassed by corrupt sheriff Leroy Rankin and his Deputy, Tylor. Later he meets up with waitress Camille "Cam" Johnson and both skinny dip in a ...
Plot: small town, sheriff, hijacking, crooked sheriff, car theft, ice cream, hitchhiker, police shootout, car chase, murder, lawyer, shower ...
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 5.8
 398
Fighting Mad (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An evil corporation tries to pressure a bunch of Arkansas farmers and ranchers to sell their land so they can strip-mine it for coal. The fiercely proud and stubborn Hunter family refuse to give in. This leads to a bitter conflict that results in ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, farmer, murder, revenge, corruption, violence, bow and arrow, vigilantism, good versus evil, self defense, soldier, vietnam war ...
Place: arkansas, usa
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 6.5
 2K
Flashpoint (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two Texas border guards find a jeep buried for 20 years in the desert, with a skeleton, a scoped rifle, and a box with $800,000 in cash. They decide to keep the money, but quietly check up on the info they find. Soon the Feds are running all over ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, desert, police detective, mystery, politics, government agency, partners against crime, reluctant partners, tough law enforcer, witnessing a crime, assassination, assassination attempt ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1963, 1960s
Place: texas, usa
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 6.4
 28
Eden's Bowy (1999)
Genre: Animation, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Eden's Bowy is manga series written and illustrated by Kitsune Tennouji. It was originally published in the magazine Comptiq, but it soon moved to Shōnen Ace after the latter publication's creation in 1994. Eden's Bowy was adapted ...
Style: philosophical
Plot: university, politics, death, technology, robot, falling in love, experiment, legend, transformation, sword fight, brother sister relationship, sword and sorcery ...
Time: 1960s
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A Touch of Zen (1971)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Ming dynasty noblewoman Yang must escape from the evil eunuch Hsu. She seeks refuge at a decrepit town where she gets assistance from a naive scholar & a group of mysterious yet powerful monks.
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, epic
Plot: martial arts, buddhism, bamboo, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, zen, unfulfilled love, monastery, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: china, asia, hong kong, ancient china
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 6.7
 129K
The Running Man (1987)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, tough heroes, danger, chases and races, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, against the odds, prison, resistance, massacre ...
Time: future, 20th century, twentieth century, near future, 2010s ...
Place: california, los angeles
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 6.3
 36K
Nick of Time (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Gene Watson is a public accountant who arrives on a train at Union Station in Los Angeles, accompanied by his 6-year-old daughter Lynn. Because of his ordinary looks, he is approached by a pair of sinister people named Smith and Jones.
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, twists and turns, exciting ...
Plot: assassination, kidnapping, race against time, politics, train station, accountant, terrorism, murder, assassination plot, one day, psychological torture, mysterious man ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 750 min.
Story: The story of a power-hungry U.S. President, and the men he surrounds himself with in order to keep his hold on power. Based on John Ehrlichman's book about the Nixon administration.
Style: political drama
Plot: politics, politician, government corruption, american politics, political corruption, white house, political leader, president, government, u.s. president, telephone call, oval office ...
Place: washington d.c.
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 6.4
 172
Rica (1972)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: First film of a trilogy following the dramatic life of Rika, a half-Japanese/half-American woman who becomes the tough-as-nails leader of an all-girl crime gang.
Plot: exploitation, extortion, dismemberment, abduction, treason, drug abuse, rape, women fight, unemployment, woman, organized crime, pop culture ...
Place: vietnam
Is relevant ?
 5.4
 74
Vortex (1982)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A film noirish atmosphere is created to show detective Lunch (a popular underground musician and poet) plow her way through the plans of a corporate businessman who seeks government defense contracts through real "corporate wars" and the ...
Plot: corruption, murder, neo noir, government corruption
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The Uppercrust (1981)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Austria, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: This film combines two very different styles: an atmospheric psycho thriller about the ice-cold hired gun (masterfully played by Frank Gorschin), and the bizarre satire of the Austrian TV serial "Kottan ermittelt".
Plot: gang, crutches, mob, prank, government corruption, highway patrol, construction, sniper, bribe, one legged man, blackmail, shot in the head ...
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The Government Inspector (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The Government Inspector is a 2005 television drama based on the life of Dr. David Kelly and the lead-up to the Iraq War in the United Kingdom.
Style: based on true events
Plot: conspiracy theory, suicide, government corruption, inspector, scandal, death of protagonist, investigation, iraq war
Place: britain
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